Future Wearables, Case Study
Advised by Ted Southern for the course Future Wearables at SVA, I designed "Smart Threads" which is an RFID network and app interface connection that enables the tracking important information in real time for the user's articles of clothing, such as location, temperature, state of the clothing, age, and a daily summary.
Have you ever experienced the case of disappearing socks? When clothing gets put into the closet, oftentimes it’s in a hurry where we forget about that tomato sauce stain from lunch or items get lost in the ever-surmounting closet mess.
A tiny RFID tag sewn into the seam of your clothes which connects to an app interface that enables the tracking of important information in real time for each article of clothing, such as location, temperature, state of the clothing, age, and a daily summary.
User Interviews; User Testing; User Research & Site Analytics; Persona & Scenario Modeling; Brand Development; Wireframes; Prototypes; Experience Design; Concept Design; Interaction Design; UX Strategy
UX Designer & Researcher
New York City working women in their mid-20’s.
in a hurry
loses stuff often
closet is a neglected mess
I don’t have the time to organize everything in my closet every day and sometimes my clothes just stack up.
Q: What issues do you have with keeping track of your clothes & managing your closet space?
There is always clothing in my closet that gets neglected only because I can’t find stuff easily.
It’s just such a mess and I have yet to figure out how to really optimize the space in a more practical way.
All the time. Somehow the laundry has notoriously become a black hole for socks.
Q: Have you ever experienced the case of disappearing socks?
Yes. And there is nothing I can really do about it given that I can’t tie them together in the laundry for them to properly wash.
Definitely an issue. I am always buying more socks or mismatching my socks!
Tags must be washable
Must last 2 years, etc
Connect to wireless RFID reader
Close proximity to smartphone
Broadcast radio waves / reception strength
Find My iPhone
Keep track of the location of your clothes
Maintain an awareness of the state of your clothing
Know the temperature at any given time
Nothing left forgotten
A tidier closet & happier lifestyle
Sorts out the mess